10 Self-Help Social Anxiety Books You Should Have on Your Bookshelf
Are you looking for books on how to overcome social anxiety? Below is a list of 10 self-help social anxiety books that you need on your bookshelf when overcoming social anxiety. These are not all directly about social anxiety, as I’ve tried to include a combination of books that could be purchased together with too much overlap.
Top 10 Books on How to Overcome Social Anxiety
1. How to Be Yourself: Quiet Your Inner Critic and Rise Above Social Anxiety by Ellen Hendriksen
Have you read the book Quiet by Susan Cain? If so, you may wish to read How to Be Yourself. It can be hard to know how to “be yourself” if you have social anxiety—your natural tendencies to avoid social or performance situations or to shut down when you are in them may have clouded your ability to know who you even are. This book combines science with practical advice and stores about real people who have overcome social anxiety. Dr. Hendriksen lives with social anxiety herself and has devoted her career to helping others.
(Watch the video below to hear Dr. Hendriksen talk about social anxiety!)
2. Overcoming Social Anxiety Step-by-Step by Thomas A. Richards Ph.D and Justin R. Bashore
Dr. Richards is the director of the Social Anxiety Institute and his book Overcoming Social Anxiety Step-by-Step is the companion to the audio series that he created to help you overcome social anxiety. If you aren’t yet sure about investing in the audio series or maybe even flying to Phoenix for their group therapy program, this book could be a good first step.
3. Living Fully With Shyness and Social Anxiety by Erika Hilliard
Erika Hilliard goes in-depth in Living Fully With Shyness and Social Anxiety with a variety of topics in this book including blushing, eye contact, body language, shy bladder syndrome, preparing for stressful social situations, medication, and goal setting.
4. Rewire Your Anxious Brain by Catherine Pittman and Elizabeth Karle
Rewire Your Anxious Brain picks up where many others leave off by specifically discussing the neuroscience underlying the anxious brain, including how the amygdala and cortex play roles in your anxiety. If you like to know how things work (or why they don’t) in your brain, this book will be of interest.
5. Overcoming Social Anxiety and Shyness by Gillian Butler
Overcoming Social Anxiety and Shyness helps you understand the causes of your social anxiety and use cognitive-behavioral strategies to overcome it.
6. Things Might Go Terribly, Horribly Wrong by Kelly G. Wilson, PhD and Troy DuFrene
It’s true! Things might go horribly wrong in social and performance situations. How will you cope? Things Might Go Terribly, Horribly Wrong takes a different approach than most and examines how we can go on even though this might (and probably will) go wrong.
7. The Power of Now by Eckhart Tolle
You’ve probably heard about The Power of Now, but do you know why it could help you with social anxiety? Eckhart Tolle writes about living in the present, which is the opposite of living with social anxiety.
8. The Mindfulness and Acceptance Workbook for Social Anxiety by Jan E. Fleming and Nancy Kocovski
The Mindfulness and Acceptance Workbook for Social Anxiety uses the mindfulness and acceptance approach in a workbook format for social anxiety. Most books on how to overcome social anxiety use a CBT approach, so this workbook offers a nice alternative strategy.
9. The Shyness and Social Anxiety Workbook by Martin M. Antony and Richard P. Swinson
Martin M. Antony and Richard P. Swinson’s The Shyness and Social Anxiety Workbook is the most comprehensive workbook available specifically aimed at social anxiety directly for those wanting to practice self-help. It should be a staple in your library of books on how to overcome social anxiety!
10. Getting Over Stage Fright by Janet Esposito
Janet Esposito is known for being the guiding force behind the “Getting Over Stage Fright” workshops in Connecticut. In her book, Getting Over Stage Fright, she shares a holistic method for managing anxiety about all types of speaking or performing situations.
What about you? Have you read any good books on how to overcome social anxiety?